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CMS backs away from proposed rule on Medicare set-asides

4:48 pm, Oct. 23

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently withdrew an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that would have created an approval process for Medicare set-asides used to pay future medical costs in liability cases.Under the Medicare Secondary Payer system, self-insured employers, ...MORE

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California tops ranking of state workers compensation rates: Study

3:34 pm, Oct. 13

California has the highest workers compensation premium rates this year according to the Oregon Workers' Compensation Premium Rate Ranking, a biennial study produced by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.California had the third highest workers comp rates in the nation when the ...MORE

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Register today for Business Insurance's 2014 Workers Comp & Safety Virtual Conference

2:11 pm, Sep. 26

We hope to see you Oct. 8 for Business Insurance's fifth annual Workers Comp & Safety Virtual Conference, a day full of webinars that will discuss how employers can better understand and manage their workers comp and safety programs.This year's presentation includes a number of well-known experts ...MORE

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CMS to accept partial Social Security Numbers in Medicare Secondary Payer cases

10:26 am, Sep. 23

Starting next year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will allow payers in Medicare Secondary Payer cases to identify claimants with partial, rather than full, Social Security numbers.The Medicare Secondary Payer Act requires self-insured employers and insurers to act as primary payers ...MORE

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Study finds possible link between medical marijuana, decrease in opioid overdoses

3:45 pm, Aug. 28

Workers compensation payers concerned about the potential of medical marijuana popping up in comp claims might be intrigued by a new study that suggests marijuana usage can help limit overdoses from another medication that has caused problems for injured workers -- opioids.A study published Monday ...MORE

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OSHA extends comment period for electronic reporting proposal

3:37 pm, Aug. 14

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended its comment period for a proposed rule that would mandate electronic reporting of workplace safety data after safety professionals and risk managers expressed concern about the proposal.In a statement Wednesday, OSHA said it will ...MORE

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Washington state employer reinstates worker fired over legal marijuana purchase

3:42 pm, Jul. 11

While employers are waiting for the Colorado Supreme Court to decide whether companies can fire employees who use medical marijuana in that state, it appears that at least one employer in marijuana-friendly Washington state has decided that pot use isn't necessarily a cause for termination. ...MORE

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Workers comp package signed into law for former Delphi Corp. workers

2:19 pm, Jul. 3

A series of bills has been signed into law that will provide $42.4 million in workers compensation benefits to “several hundred former employees” of failed automotive parts manufacturer Delphi Corp.H.B. 5489 and 12 related bills were signed into law by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder late ...MORE

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Colorado, Illinois pass new workers comp laws

11:41 am, Jun. 11

Colorado workers compensation claimants will have a greater number of treating physicians to choose from for their medical care, thanks to new legislation set to kick in next year that was supported by Colorado businesses.H.B. 1383 was signed into law on Thursday by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, ...MORE

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Louisiana legislators drop consideration of workers comp bill for pro athletes

2:54 pm, May. 28

While former National Football League players continue to battle the NFL over health problems they allegedly suffer because of their football careers, it appears one fight over workers compensation benefits for athletes in Louisiana may have fallen by the wayside.H.B. 1069, a Louisiana bill that ...MORE

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